Powering down to 800 watts

powering down to 800 watts is as easy as counting

Most of our microwaves are 1100 to 1200 watts.

Lekue’s recipes are for the 800 watt microwaves found in Europe (Lekue is from Barcelona, Spain).

To powerdown your microwave find your wattage located on an inside wall, or on the white edge you see when you open the microwave door.

microwave ovenEnter the cooking time and then press “power level”.  Next enter a number from 1 to 10 (10 will be full power that is 1100 or 1200 watts).

For example  8 would equal 880 watts for an 1100 watt microwave and 960 watts for a 1200 watt microwave.  5 would be 550 watts for an 1100 watt microwave and 600 watts for a 1200 watt microwave.

I have an 1100 watt microwave. I usually enter 7 (770 watts), cook for the suggested time and then add a bit more to reach my food preferences.   Once you find your spot and pattern you’ll never think about it again…it’s that easy

Chocolate Popcorn

Two of our favorites together at last!

Chocolate Popcorn by Lekue

1/4 C popcorn                                                                                                  3 teaspoons olive oil                                                                                       1 tablespoon sugar                                                                                       1/4 C pastry chocolate                                                                             Grated rind of 1 orange

Ymmm Good!
Ymmm Good!

In popcorn maker add popcorn, olive oil, and sugar. Stir. Cover with lid and place in microwave for 4 minutes at 800 watts+.

Melt the chocolate in the silicone lid  for  1 minute in the microwave at 800 watts*. Sir until it crumbles completely then add grated orange rind. Pour over popcorn and shake to                                                                      mix.

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LeKue's Popcorn Maker
LeKue’s Popcorn Maker


Thinking about dinner tonight?

A vegetable side dish even the kids will love

Lékué  >  Recipes  /  Spinach with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Spinach With Raisins And Pine Nuts

Ingredients for the small steamer

  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 tbs  butter
  • 1 tbs pine nuts
  • 1 tbs raisins
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper

    A toast to our Mom
    A toast to our Mom


Put butter and pine nuts in Lekue Steam Case (small) , close lids and cook for 3 minutes .

Put the remaining ingredients in Case, close the lids and cook for another 5 minutes , gently stirring after 2 minutes.
*you can serve this dish with a little bit of grated cheese on top.
*Optional add onions, shallots, or garlic.

NOTE:  This recipe is for an 800 watt microwave.  Most of our microwaves are either 1100 watts or 1200 watts. Powering down your microwave is easy.  Set the number of minutes you want to cook, Then push “power level”.  You can enter numbers from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).  See below

For 1100 watts           for 1200 watts

10 = 1100 watts         10 = 1200

9  =    990                   9 = 1080

8 =     880                   8 = 960

7 =     770                   7 = 840

And so on

I usually set my 1100 watt over for 7 , let it cook the given amount of time and then  just add bit more cooking time to bring it up to par.

Myths and Legends

Common believes about microwave cooking – all FALSE

  1. Microwave cooking isn’t safe.”                                                             FALSE.  Microwaves emit low frequency radiation, often called non-ionizing radiation, such as radio or infrared waves. The World Health Organization endorse its safety.                                                            Source: http://www.who.int/pehemf/publications/facts/info_microwaves/en/
  2.  “Food cooks from the inside out.”
    Your microwave
    Your microwave

     FALSE: Emitted microwaves interact with the polar molecules in food, mostly water and fat, which begin to vibrate and generate heat, getting all the food properly cooked. Waves penetrate approximately 2cm deep into the food.                                           Sources:                  http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates,  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/factsheets/microwave

  3. Microwave cooking causes loss of vitamins.”                                     FALSE: Microwaves do not have have the ability to change the molecular structure of food. Moreover, microwave cooking retains better the essential vitamins and minerals, especially the water-soluble vitamins (which are dissolved in water, such as vitamin C), as it is not necessary to soak the food in water to cook and it requires shorter cooking times. Sources:                                                                                                    Leskova et al. Vitamin losses: retention during heat treatment…  P.CVastells. Cocinar con microondas: una opcion cad vez mas habitaul para las nuevas generacions.
  4. It is dangerous to be in front of a microwave oven when it’s running.” FALSE: Waves cannot pass through the meal walls of the microwave oven. The door has a metal mesh with holes between 1 – 1.5 mm in diameter, while the wavelength of the microwave is 12 cm, so it is impossible for the waves to get through the microwave and it is completely safe for health. Source: http://Angel. qui.ub.es/mans/Documents/Textos/2013

Mixed Vegetables (1/2 person steam case)


  • 2 Baby carrots
  •  1/ 2 Cup string beans

    Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people
    Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people
  • 3 Cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 Diced potato
  • 3 Asparagus

Place 1/3 C water beneath the tray (or in the steamer if you have no tray). Put all ingredients in steamer. Close lids and cook in microwave for 4 minutes (800 watt microwave.. see below)  Serves 1 to 2

NOTES:                                                                                                     Cooking vegetables in water leaches vitamins. Placing the water beneath the tray steams the vegetables making them more nutritious.

Most microwaves today are 1100 to 1200 watts. To powerdown your microwave you must first know the wattage (See the inside wall – or edge of microwave when you open the door).

Enter cooking time (in this case 4.00 minutes). Press “Power Level” and enter a number 1 – 10 (10 is full power).  Example: If you have a 1000 watt microwave, press 8 for 800 watts.


Microwave Cooking and Nutrition

The most nutritious cooking methods

The cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible. Microwaving meets those criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water essentially steams food from the inside out. That keeps more vitamins and minerals than most any other cooking method.

from Harvard Health Publications; Harvard Medical School. Jan 2, 2015